Nosdunk Brewing is a small-scale production brewery located, in Walla Walla, Washington, and they are just over a year old. I don’t know about their fermentation capacity, but their brew system is a 55-gallon system from Blichmann Engineering (that’s about 1.75 barrels); they don’t offer a tasting room or are open to the public, but their rotation of bottled beers (Kolsch, Wheat, Stout) can be found at select establishments in downtown Walla Walla.
Which is where I found the two bottles—in downtown Walla Walla, at Salumiere Cesario, when we were visiting in late June. I picked up two bottles each of what they had available, their Walla Wheat and the Stout.
One thing you’ll note in the pictures below is the two different bottle styles; clearly they are hand-bottling the beers, and using whatever bottles they can get a hold of. Nothing wrong with that, just an observation.
Walla Wheat: 5.2% abv:
This classic wheat beer combines 2 row malt and wheat for a balanced blast of citrus. We added a twist and fermented this beer with a kolsch yeast strain. Brewed with Centennial and Magnum hops.
Appearance: 22-ounce bottle that has been bottled by hand, the cap retains the telltale dimple. The beer pours honey-orange and hazy, bright around the edges. It has a finely bubbled, thick white head.
Smell: Fairly clean, wheaty character with a hint of tart, probably due to the nature of the wheat. No real esters or phenols.
Taste: Heavy, a bit under-attenuated so it has a sweet character to it which makes me think of bread dough. A little “off,” not infected, just that the technique isn’t there, I’m thinking. (Perhaps the bottle was old?) A bit vegetal—grassy, herbal greens.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a sweet/under-attenuated finish.
Overall: A little too vegetal-y, should be crisper and drier.
Stout: 4.5% abv:
Nosdunk Stout offers a tasty flavor profile that combines roasted, slightly burnt malt notes, coffee, and even a touch of chocolate. A dark colored beer nice creamy head of foam. Brewed with Fuggle hops.
Appearance: Opaque black-brown, with a thick tan head on top, with nicely-laced legs.
Smell: Coffee and dusty, roasty malts. Hits a nice mark for “malty dry stout,” a touch of molasses and licorice.
Taste: Standard dry stout with a bit of sweetness in the malts, caramelly molasses perhaps, or perhaps even a bit of lactose. It’s decent and drinkable, nothing offensive here even if it is a bit average.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full-bodied with a dry bit of roast in the finish.
Overall: Decent dry stout, right in the middle of the pack.